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Obtaining Signature by False Pretense

  • To constitute obtaining signature by false pretenses the accused must:
    • make a false representation of a past event or existing fact; and
    • That when the false representation was made the accused had an intent to defraud; and
    • That because of the false representation, the accused obtained the alleged victim’s signature.
  • PUNISHMENT: Obtain money by false pretenses is punished as a Class 4 Felony.  In other words, an individual can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of two to ten years and be subject to a fine up to $100,000.

Venue for the trial of any person charged with an offense under this section may be in the county or city in which (i) any act was performed in furtherance of the offense, or (ii) the person charged with the offense resided at the time of the offense.

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Anyone could find themselves facing criminal charges. Obtaining a signature by false pretense is a major crime. A criminal charge can have lasting effects on the lives of those with such charges on their records. In order to effectively handle a serious legal situation, individuals often need to understand what they are facing. If you have a criminal law charges in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Yorktown or the rest of the Hampton Roads area, call the criminal defense attorneys at Goff Voltin, PLLC today.